7th phase of blockade enforced by BNP-Jamaat begins



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The seventh phase of the blockade called by BNP and like-minded parties to demand the government's resignation and elections under a non-partisan government has begun. The blockade will last for 48 hours from Sunday (November 26) dawn to Tuesday dawn. Before this, BNP enforced a six-phase blockade program.

They will carry out a nationwide blockade program including roads, railways, waterways and highways. Newspaper vehicles, ambulances, oxygen cylinder vehicles and emergency medical transport will be exempted from the blockade.

BNP along with like minded and Jamaat-e-Islami enforced nationwide two-point strike and six-point blockade program after BNP's grand rally in Dhaka on October 28.

BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi called upon the leaders and activists as well as ordinary people to take to the streets with courage after the successful 48-hour total blockade program from today.

Addressing the countrymen in a virtual press conference on Saturday, he said, 'You and I are not alone in the peaceful movement. With everyone's participation, one party's movement will be more extensive, faster and brighter. Remember, the democratic people of the country and the democratic forces of the world do not want to see fascist rule in Bangladesh anymore. Government will fall.

In addition, Jamaat-e-Islami Acting Secretary General Maulana ATM Masum in a statement urged the countrymen to participate spontaneously in the success of the program.

In a separate statement, JSD General Secretary Shahid Uddin Mahmud Swapan, coordinator of the Democracy Forum, said that the government is afraid of the spontaneous participation of the people in the peaceful program of the opposition party. He appealed to the people to peacefully end the all-out blockade across the country.

NPP chairman and coordinator of the nationalist like-minded alliance Fariduzzaman Farhad also called for the success of the blockade in a statement.

In addition, the 12-party alliance, LDP, Nurul Haque Noor-led Gono Adhikar Parishad, Dr. Reza Kibria-led Gono Adhikar Parishad, Gano Forum (MONTU), People's Party, Bangladesh Labor Party and several other political parties have supported blockade program.

   

The Palestinian government submitted resignation letter



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Prime Minister Mohammed Shatayeh and the Palestinian Authority (PA) government that governs parts of the occupied West Bank have submitted their resignations to President Mahmoud Abbas.

Al Jazeera reported this information on Monday (January 26).

In a statement on Monday, Shatayeh said the decision to resign was made in light of the unprecedented escalation of violence in the West Bank and Jerusalem, and the war, massacres and starvation in the Gaza Strip, the report said.

"The next phase and challenges require a new governmental and political system that takes into account the new realities of Gaza and establishes a Palestinian Authority based on Palestinian unity," he added.

In a report on a source close to the Palestinian leadership, Saudi Arabia's state media Al Arabiya said that President Abbas is planning to form a new government as soon as the Gaza war ends. Its main mission will be to secure Gaza and oversee its Gaza reconstruction. But it is also said that the new government will be formed with experts (technocrats) and not politicians.

Abbas is also discussing this with Arab leaders. He met King Abdullah II of Jordan for the last time. The Abbas administration has nominated Mohammad Mustafa, chairman of the board of directors of the Palestine Investment Fund, to form a new cabinet, according to reports.

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"Responsibility should be shown in the exercise of power"



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President Md. Shahabuddin urging upon the judges to take care not to abuse the power said, 'Power and responsibility are closely related. Power must be exercised to perform duties. Again, responsibility should be shown in the exercise of power.

He said this at the opening ceremony of the two-day conference titled 'Constitutional Courts of South Asia in the 21st Century: Lessons from Bangladesh and India' at the Inner Court Yard of the Supreme Court on Friday (February 23) at noon.

Addressing the judges, President Md.Sahabuddin said, "The rule of law and justice must be ensured by being responsible to the country and the people and the constitution."

The head of state expressed hope that "judicial candidates will get justice in the shortest possible time at very low cost and the judges will ensure justice through their talent and thoughtfulness."

Stating that the judiciary must participate in the overall development and prosperity of the country, the President said, "The government is strongly committed to ensure the transparency, efficiency and accountability of the judiciary."

President Sahabuddin mentioned, 'Bangladesh Supreme Court started its journey on December 18, 1972 and since its inception it has been working to protect basic human rights of people, establish rule of law and provide justice to justice seekers in a short time.'

He said, "On August 15, 1975, the anti-independence forces captured the state power by killing the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the dreamer of Sonar Bangla and his family. But the Supreme Court did not allow the blueprint of the conspirators to be implemented. The Bangladesh Supreme Court declared the 5th and 7th amendments of the constitution illegal and established the democratic rights of the people of the country.

The Head of State respectfully recalled the role of the judges and lawyers of the Supreme Court who never surrendered to the barrel of a gun and never sold their conscience.

He said that Bangladesh and India, as two friendly countries in South Asia, have crossed a unique path in their respective journeys to establish the rule of law, develop democracy and protect constitutional continuity. President said that both Bangladesh and India have witnessed instances where the Judiciary has intervened to protect the rights of marginalized communities, uphold the principles of environmental sustainable development and good governance.

Referring to India as our closest neighbor and friendly country, President Sahabuddin expressed sincere thanks and gratitude on behalf of the people of Bangladesh for India's cooperation and solidarity in the Liberation War in 1971.

He said that since independence, bilateral and diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and India are gradually expanding in various sectors including trade and investment. He opined that the judicial departments, judges and people of both countries can benefit by exchanging experience and training programs between the judicial departments, judges and related officials of the two countries.

The President also asked the Constitutional Courts of Bangladesh and India to focus on issues such as de-cluttering cases, access to justice and judicial accountability, as well as taking concerted steps for the development of the judiciary.

He said that judges and people of both countries can benefit by exchanging experience and training programs between judges and related officers of the two countries.

Sahabuddin said that Chief Justice of India Dr. Dhananjay Jaswant Chandrachud attended this international conference and gave international multi-dimensionality to the conference.

The President welcomed all the guests including the judges of Supreme Court of India and Kolkata High Court. Bangladesh achieved through the liberation war is now a role model of development in the world. He urged everyone to work together to build a happy and prosperous Bangladesh by continuing this trend of development.

Bangladesh Chief Justice Obaidul Hasan, Chief Justice of India Dr. Dhananjay Jaswant Chandrachud, Law Minister Anisul Haque, Attorney General Abu Mohammad Amin Uddin, President of Supreme Court Bar Association Momtaz Uddin Fakir and Appellate Division Justice Borhan Uddin.  Spoke in the event.

Besides, retired Chief Justice, judges of both divisions of Bangladesh Supreme Court, judges of Supreme Court of India and Kolkata High Court, leaders of Supreme Court Bar Association, members of Parliament and learned lawyers were also present. 

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US spacecraft on lunar surface after half a century



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After more than 50 years, the US spacecraft landed on the lunar surface again. The spacecraft, sent by a Houston-based company, landed on the lunar surface on Thursday (February 22) local time.

According to the news agency Reuters report, this lunar flight conducted by commercial spacecraft was funded by the US space research organization NASA. The mission aims to pave the way for sending astronauts to the moon by the end of this decade.

According to the report, on Thursday (February 22) at 6:23 pm local time, the 'Intuitive Machine' landed its hexagonal robot 'Odysseus' on the south pole of the Moon.

Earlier, a US company's lunar mission failed last month. This raises questions about the ability of private organizations to conduct lunar missions. Finally, in 1972, NASA successfully conducted the Apollo 17 mission to the moon.

Scott Pace, director of George Washington University's Space Policy Institute, told AFP the US is trying to rebuild its lunar capabilities after decades of absence.

Pace, a former member of the National Space Council of the United States, also said, "It is sometimes said that we have done it (successful lunar mission) in the past; Why can't I now? Every generation has to learn how to do this campaign.

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Biden meets Navalny's wife and daughter



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US President Joe Biden met the wife and daughter of Alexei Navalny, a staunch critic of President Vladimir Putin, who died in a Russian prison.

The White House said that the meeting was held on Thursday (February 22) local time.

The US President met with Navalny's wife Yulia and his daughter Dasha Navalnya and expressed his sincere condolences for their terrible loss. Biden called the slain Navalny a man of incredible courage.

Speaking to reporters, Biden reiterated that Washington was planning to impose broad sanctions on Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, over Navalny's death.

According to a White House statement, Biden confirmed that the new ban will be announced this Friday.

During the meeting, the US President praised Alexei Navalny for his extraordinary courage and fight against corruption and his fight for a free and democratic Russia, the statement said.

Meanwhile, Navalny's mother, Lyudmila Navalnaya, said Thursday that Russian authorities were trying to force her to bury Navalny in secret.

US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters that Russian authorities should return Navalny's body to his mother. So that he can properly bury his son.

Navalny has been in prison since 2021. The opposition leader had been in solitary confinement in a prison (penal colony) in northern Siberia since late last year. Last Friday (February 16), prison authorities said that 47-year-old Navalny died in prison. Various reports have been heard about his dead body. His body has been sent to the morgue for autopsy, according to the jail authorities. But Navalny's party said they found no body at the morgue.

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